Lake Washington Masters was formed in 2009 and is a high quality masters swimming program which provides training for all levels of masters swimming, including swimmers who wish to compete at both a local and national or international level. The members vary in background from fitness/social swimmers to Olympic medalists. As of 2020, there are a total of 116 members with about 85 active members at all times. The LWM group is considered very competitive and this is reflected in the training in workouts.
You can group our members (generally) into 3 categories
· Someone with a big swim background who swims a lot and goes to all the meets
· Someone who has very little swimming background and comes to many practices and a couple meets a year
· Someone who has a swimming background (high school/college) but lost interest & burned out, came back to masters to stay in shape, comes when they want and loves the social aspect of the team.
Our team includes several world, national and PNA record holders in all age groups, as well as many Zone and PNA record holders and numerous National Title winners. In addition, LWM has two PNA Dawn Musselman Inspirational Swimmer award winners from 2013 and 2014, and the 2012 PNA Coach of the Year. LWM has been the PNA Champions every year since 2014.
Workouts are run by an ASCA/USMS/Lifeguard certified coach who is on-deck during the entire practice. Workouts vary with distance work, sprints and stroke work depending on the day of the week and the time of the season. Each day is different. Workouts can combine many of the following and more: IM, freestyle, sprint, kick, drill, distance, sculling and strokes. Generally we do distance emphasis workouts on M, W, F. We do speed emphasis workouts on T, Th which means shorter intervals, more rest, and possibly time trials off the blocks!. Saturday is a mixed bag! If it is your first time joining us, be sure to check with the coach before coming to get some idea what you are getting into on any particular day.
Sets are given verbally and the coach is available to provide feedback on technique to help the swimmers improve. Lanes are organized by speed and total distance. Our group ranges in practice pace from 1:05/100 yards to 2:00/100 yards. To put it simply, we have a something for any serious swimmer. There are 16 workouts each week, 10 mornings, 5 mid-days, and 1 Saturday workout. Check the calendar for more specifics on current workout times
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]